This was Star Trek Convention weekend at the Rio and we booked an offer with a dinner party featuring Matt Goss and the chance to win an Aston Martin (spoiler, we didn't). We booked our usual comped GO Luxury with View at Flamingo. On a normal weekend, we would have left LA early on Friday and gotten into Vegas around 1100, but the hubs and I both recently started new jobs, so we decided to take only the Monday off for the drive home, which means we didn't leave LA until 1900 on Friday and, of course, got into Vegas around 2400. Knowing this, I called Friday morning to see if we could block one of the rooms we prefer for late arrival. It all sounded like the whole place was going to hell in a handbasket. The nice lady in VIP check in told me that two of the towers were currently shut down and there was a major power outage. She couldn't promise us anything. "Oh, no," I was thinking, hoping this didn't bode poorly for our entire trip. I called back later in the afternoon and spoke with the same nice lady. This time, it seemed, the power was back on and all was well. She mentioned we were in a room on the 18th floor. When we arrived, it was a bit of a mess. The entrance on the Las Vegas Blvd side was closed. You would think they could e-mail people in advance to let you know or something, but we ended up driving all the way up to Sands to come back around the back on Koval. The parking structure was a nightmare. We couldn't find a spot and when we first drove past, it looked like the valet was closed. We weren't sure what to do, we drove back around and finally saw a person directing traffic through the valet. The situation is completely untenable and I hope they do something soon. I mentioned it in both surveys they sent me after the trip. The VIP check-in was closed, so we went to the Diamond line at the desk. It turns out we actually had been upgraded to a suite (a real two-room suite) on the 18th floor overlooking the habitat and pool. It was awesome! The living room was huge with a TV and couch and a dining table and chairs. There was a powder room and then the usual GO bedroom, but the bathroom had a big jetted tub (which we never used, but hey, still cool). A great way to start the trip. We didn't initially notice any construction in the hotel, but we did walk by the food court once and it was closed off, but opened later and once the casino side entrances to the restrooms were closed off, but I think they reopened as well. We detected no smell anywhere, as some have mentioned. The first night we tried the new(ish) Spiderman slots. Pretty fun, but no great wins to speak of. We moved around a bit that night playing Ghostbusters (left that quickly because the sound in one of the chairs was broken) and Lord of the Rings. We finally hit the sack at around 0300. Woke up early to get over to the Rio for the convention. We started out with lattes from Java Detour and oatmeal raisin cookies from the Diamond Check in (no peanut butter this time, bummer). We walked over through the construction to Paris to pick up our passes for the dinner party later that night and the $150 free play that came with it. While we were there we played the Plants vs. Zombies slots for a while. These are pretty fun and we did relatively well. Got our passes and walked through Bally's to catch the shuttle to Rio. We spent the day at the convention, which is always fun. So many like-minded nerds and geeks; always a good time. Finished up there, used a coupon for $10 in free slot play, played Spiderman again and took the shuttle back to the strip. Stopped in Tequila at Bally's for some decent $2 tacos to sop up some alcohol. Played some more there and back at Flamingo with nothing worth mentioning happening. Got cleaned up and headed over to Paris for the "Shaken, Not Stirred" dinner party featuring Matt Goss. As I said, we did not win the Aston Martin, but the dinner was actually quite decent. I had wanted to see Matt Goss for a while, but we just hadn't made it over for his show at Caesars. I got the impression that he was not used to playing for such a large audience (several thousand people) in such a large space. He had a hard time connecting, but he sounded OK. I would still want to see his show in the smaller venue, which I expect fits his style better. After the show, we popped around Planet Hollywood and Bally's playing CSI, Lord of the Rings and Spiderman with little success. We finally went back to Flamingo and played a bit there and finally gave up for the night, had a slice in the food court and went to bed around 0200. We did not go back over to the convention on Sunday. Got our lattes and cookies, then we decided to head north and played at Harrah's for a bit, CSI mostly. We did the free $1M slot pull twice. No wins. Darn. We went down to the Quad and played for most of the rest of the day. I had an epic run on Spiderman. I was max betting for hours and kept winning $100, $200, $150, over and over. I must have won $700 or more over the time, feeding it all back into the machine, of course. We love the drink system at Quad. It's so much quicker with the one person taking the order and a separately person who delivers. I hope they start this at all the casinos. We had two free passes to the Bacchanal buffet so we went over to Caesars and stuffed ourselves on crab legs, etc. Played Lord of the Rings Two Towers for a while there and did OK. By this time, we were totally drunk and things start to get fuzzy. I know we went back to Quad and played Family Guys slots. I'm pretty sure they were fun, but I don't remember winning or losing. Ended up back at Flamingo for an Italian sub in the food court before passing out cold around 0230. Woke up around 1000 on Monday for the drive home. Won't be back until American Thanksgiving. Sad, but had a great trip!